Latest Pandemics News

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. “Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri areas popular among tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations such as Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

Jun. 16, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers. The new law would also...

Hawaii drops some pandemic rules for travel between islands

Jun. 16, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has loosened some of its pandemic travel rules. The change is expected to drive more tourism to Hawaii and between the islands this summer, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. People can now fly between islands...

COVID-19 cases delay long-awaited Royal Caribbean cruise

Jun. 16, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the company's CEO said. The brand new Odyssey of the...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 14, 2021. Editorial: As COVID Recedes, Opioids Back On Radar As we (hopefully) emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are stepping out of that darkness to rediscover — or remember — some of the issues we faced...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis errs in restricting race studies in schools At a time when Americans are crying out for an honest appraisal and greater understanding of the role race plays in our nation’s...

SC virus committee to offer ideas for $2.5B in pandemic aid

Jun. 16, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is reconvening members of his coronavirus recovery committee to help the state figure out how best to spend the $2.5 billion in new federal pandemic aid allocated earlier this year. ...

Malaysian king says Parliament must resume despite emergency

Jun. 16, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king said Wednesday that Parliament, which has been suspended under a coronavirus emergency since January, must resume as soon as possible, but stopped short of saying the emergency should end. The monarch's comments contrasted...